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An outline is:
- A logical, general description
- A schematic summary
- An organizational pattern
- A visual and conceptual design of your writing
- Aids in the process of writing
- Helps you organize your ideas
- Presents your material in a logical form
- Shows the relationships among ideas in your writing
- Constructs an ordered overview of your writing
- Defines boundaries and groups
Before you begin:
- Determine the purpose of your paper.
- Determine the audience you are writing for.
- Develop the thesis of your paper.
- Brainstorm: List all the ideas that you want to include in your paper.
- Organize: Group related ideas together.
- Order: Arrange material in subsections from general to specific or from abstract to concrete.
- Label: Create main and sub headings.
Research Process Overview
"The Research Process"
Many libraries and websites provide basic instructions on "how to do research." Some have cool graphics and flowcharts, many have outlines, some have 6 steps and others have 20 or more steps. But it all comes down to the same basic process.
Writing Center -- CM 2031
Provides one-on-one assistance to students, faculty and MCC staff with any writing project, from understanding assignments and gathering information, to developing ideas and tightening documents.
Presentation Practice Room
The Presentation Practice Room may be used by current students to practice a speech or presentation. Recording, saving, and viewing the presentation are available options. Reserve the room for a specific time by visiting the library's Circulation Desk, or call (810) 762-0401.
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